By: Maren Angus
The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings have begun and nothing says baseball more than the media workroom currently smelling like French fries.
Before I get too in depth with my baseball coverage, let me take a minute to introduce myself. Hi, I’m Maren! I was raised in Hendersonville, graduated from Station Camp High School and Middle Tennessee State University.
Last season, I spent working for Major League Baseball Advanced Media out in Anaheim, Calif., and before that I covered the Nashville Predators and prep sports for the Tennessean. You’ve probably heard me talk hockey and high school football before, if you are wondering why my name sounds familiar.
Okay that’s enough about me, back to baseball.
The Winter Meetings are held in Nashville every few years and this year has started out with a few big moves.
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Cincinnati Reds’ flamethrower Aroldis Chapman in exchange for two prospects. This is interesting because the Dodgers already have a top-three closer in Kenley Jansen, the move will be used to bolster the backend of the bullpen or Chapman could be flipped for a starter.
The Miami Marlins have been talking about dealing Jose Fernandez, multiple reports have mentioned discussions with the Dodgers for Corey Seager and Julio Urias but those are two players, the Dodgers are not willing to move.
Nashville resident, Ben Zobrist is a free agent and wanting to stay close to home. The San Francisco Giants, New York Mets and Washington Nationals have all expressed interest. He is expected to make a decision during the meetings.
Last but not least, don’t be surprised if the Detroit Tigers start making some moves. After the signing of Jordan Zimmerman, they could sign a couple big bats to improve the lineup.
That’s my update for now. I will continue to post more as the day goes on. Press conferences with managers begin at 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions or thoughts, follow me on Twitter, @Maren_Angus